Soprano To Perform in Broman Concert Series at Mary Baldwin

September 2, 2004

Soprano Courtenay Budd will perform in Mary Baldwin University’s 2004–05 Carl Broman Concert series. She will perform Thursday, September 16, at 8 p.m. in Francis Auditorium in Pearce Science Center at Coalter and Frederick streets in Staunton. The performance will include works by Faure, Hugo Wolf, Rachmaninoff, and a set by American composers.

Budd won First Prize in the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Auditions; she then debuted in New York at the 92nd Street Y, sponsored by the Peter Jay Sharp Concert Prize, in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

She is recipient of a grant from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, and was a 1998 Metropolitan Opera National Finalist. She won the 1996 Center for Contemporary Opera International Competition, as well as the Audience Favorite Award, and the 1996 Central City Opera McGlone Award for Outstanding Apprentice.

Budd earned her BA from the University of the South, and a master’s from Westminster Choir College. She continued her studies at the Music Academy of the West. Budd is a favorite of audiences and critics at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., where she is a regular on the Dock Street Chamber Music Series.

The music series is named for Dr. Carl W. Broman, a member of the Mary Baldwin University faculty from 1935 to 1976 who built an unusually strong undergraduate music program. Season tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Mary Baldwin Associate Professor Robert Allen at (540) 887-7294.